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UAB Hospital again highly ranked by US News & World Report

UAB Hospital again highly ranked by US News & World Report”

The hospital system which calls Charleston home has been named South Carolina's best hospital for the fourth straight year by U.S. News & World Report.

In addition to its overall ranking, Chandler Hospital received Top 50 national rankings in four specialty areas, including cancer care, where it jumped from 50th to 38th from last year to this year.

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian were nationally ranked for excellence in 12 specialties, including Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT), Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology, and Urology.

In specialties, Baptist Health Louisville did not achieve any national rankings but was deemed "high performing" for seven procedures/conditions, including colon cancer surgery, heart bypass surgery and hip and knee replacement.

Once again, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center ranked No. 1 for adult cancer care nationwide.

All three are flagship hospitals within prestigious medical schools and part of large networks with regional hospitals, medical practices and diagnostic labs. John Muir Health's Concord medical center is listed at #2 out of 48 hospitals in the San Francisco Metro Area and #12 out of more than 400 acute care hospitals in California.

"Performance, quality and patient experience are always top priorities at UCHealth's hospitals and clinic locations". UCSF was No. 6; Stanford Hospital, No. 9; UCLA Medical Center, No. 7; and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, No. 8. Except for UM hospitals, no MI hospitals were ranked in the top five.

"For almost 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide", Ben Harder, Managing Editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News and World Report, said. No Sacramento-area hospital was ranked below average in any category. This places both medical centers among the top ranked in the San Francisco Metro Area and the state.

The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 29year, are created to help patients make informed decisions about where to receive care for life-threatening conditions or for common elective procedures.

Of the UCSF Health ranking, chief executive officer Mark Laret said: "To get to the top and remain there, you must have an unrelenting focus on the fundamentals - the quality and safety of the care you deliver, the experience patients have, and the (cost management) to provide services in today's health care market".

"Rankings certainly aren't why health care providers do what they do every day, but I would say that they provide further validation of how hard we are working to put patients and their families first", MUSC's CEO Patrick Cawley said in a news release.

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